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  • John Lennon‘s solo material now available on iTunes. Sixteen of the former Beatle’s solo albums and videos for EMI are up on the digital storefront, joining Paul and Ringo’s solo output. What could it all mean? (Billboard)

  • A trustee of James Brown‘s estate returned a “questionable” payment of $350,000 from the Brown trust that was made three days after the soul legend passed away. Also, 14 potential children are still waiting for DNA tests to prove their heritage. And, nobody paid for Brown’s funeral. (E! Online)

  • Turning now to news about people who are alive, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams enjoyed sampling Thom Yorke so much that now they’re hoping to record a whole album under the name CRS, or Child Rebel Soldiers, which Idolator points out “sounds like a skit that was cut from the M.I.A. album.” (Billboard)

  • Todd Haynes‘ amazing-looking Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There (that uses six different actors to play Bob) also features everyone cool in the world ever on the soundtrack. Steven Malkmus, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Karen O, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Daft Punk? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check, non. (Stereogum, USA Today)
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